WILMINGTON — The 2010 Citizens of the Year in the Town of Wilmington are Bob and Karen Peters and the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Jane Peck.
The awards have been a tradition in the community for more than 20 years, according to Town Supervisor Randy Preston.
Jane Peck has been a member of the Nazarene Church for more than 40 years where she plays piano and serves as the financial secretary. She was Wilmington’s postmaster for more 30 years and has been a member of the Friends of the Library for 20 years.
But her true passion, she said, is knitting.
“I’m 85 years old and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” she said Wednesday. “I’m still knitting all the time.”
Peck knits everything from hats, mittens and scarves to prayer shawls that are often sent around the world.
She spends her time knitting for good causes, like World Vision’s Knit for Kids, a program that sends warm garments as far as Armenia, Nicaragua, Swaziland and Tanzania, and as close as the Bronx in New York City.
“They go wherever children are cold,” Peck said.
Peck said she was honored and surprised by the Lifetime Achievement Award, adding that she plans to serve the community for years to come.
Bob and Karen Peters were given the duel Citizens of the Year Award for their willingness to help and serve the Town of Wilmington and its residents in anyway, Michelle Burns, of the Whiteface Regional Visitors Bureau, said in an e-mail.
“They have put countless hours into serving this community,” Burns said.
Bob said he was “totally and pleasantly shocked” by the award. He has served as the chairman of the Wilmington Planning Board since 2003, which he said has been a great learning experience.
The awards given out to citizens of Wilmington, says a lot about the community, Bob said.
“There is a tremendous amount of volunteerism in this area, and we’re just proud to be a part of that,” he said. “If you’re part of a community you need to take an active role in it.”
Karen is the head of the Wilmington Historical Society. She said her interest in her own family’s genealogy — her father and grandparents were raised in Wilmington — led her to the historical society.
“I have a lot of close family ties to Wilmington,” she said. “My family always maintained a camp on the Whiteface Memorial Highway.”
Both Karen and Bob, who moved to Wilmington from Schenectady in 2003, volunteer for town events such as the Ironman and uphill races.
“We’re both active people so we started to get involved,” Karen said. “It just comes naturally to be a part of the community. I never thought of not being involved.”
On Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. a community welcome dinner will be held at the Hungry Trout.
“It’s a perfect time to break the winter’s cabin fever and meet our new neighbors,” Burns wrote in an email.
Along with welcoming any newcomers to the community, there will be a celebration of the award winners’ accomplishments. The event is sponsored by the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center along with the Hungry Trout.
RSVP by March 8 by contacting Michelle Burns at 518-946-2255 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.